Kofi Annan: Guiding the United Nations

Kofi Annan: Guiding the United Nations

by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
     
 

In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations organization received the Nobel Peace Prize. As the secretary-general of the United Nations, Annan was recognized for his work "for a better organized and more peaceful world." In bestowing the prize, the Nobel committee said Mr. Annan "had been pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization." As the seventh…  See more details below

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In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations organization received the Nobel Peace Prize. As the secretary-general of the United Nations, Annan was recognized for his work "for a better organized and more peaceful world." In bestowing the prize, the Nobel committee said Mr. Annan "had been pre-eminent in bringing new life to the organization." As the seventh secretary-general, Annan worked to revitalize the organization by strengthening its traditional role in the areas of development and the maintenance of international peace and security. Born in Kumasi, Ghana, in 1938, Annan has carried the lessons of his homeland's struggle for independence throughout his life. He joined the United Nations in 1962 and received many special assignments before his appointment to secretary-general in 1997.

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Based on his experience in his home country of Ghana, Kofi Annan believes that change is possible. He first joined the UN in 1962 and was elected by the UN General assembly as Secretary-General in 1996. He is the first Secretary-General of the UN to rise to that position from within the organization. One of the characteristics that made Mr. Annan effective can best be summed up by one of his own statements: "You don't walk into a situation and pretend you know better than the natives." He has set Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), which include cutting extreme poverty in half, achieving universal primary education, and eliminating and preventing various health issues by 2015. Lofty goals. Let us hope that these goals are reached. The acceptance speech that Mr. Annan made when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 is included for the reader. The author has also provided the reader with a detailed history of events that led up to the formation of the UN and the key challenges that the UN has faced over the years. An opportunity to test your knowledge of geography is also provided. Where is East Timor and Djibouti? This is part of the "Modern Peacemakers" series.

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ISBN-13:
9780791089965
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Modern Peacemakers Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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